Hokusai's Fuji (Hardback)
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Hokusai's Fuji (Hardback)

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Hardback 416 Pages
Published: 30/11/2023
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A wonderfully illustrated exploration of one of Hokusai's key motifs: Mount Fuji.

Hokusai's Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji and the three volumes of his subsequent One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji show his fascination with a single motif: Mount Fuji. Hokusai's near-obsession with Fuji was part of his hankering after artistic immortality – in Buddhist and Daoist tradition, Fuji was thought to hold the secret to eternal life, as one popular interpretation of its name suggests: 'Fu-shi' ('not death'). Thirty-six Views of Mount Fuji was produced from c. 1830 to 1832 when Hokusai was in his seventies and at the height of his career. Among the prints are three of the artist's most famous: The Great Wave off Kanagawa, Fine Wind, Clear Morning and Thunderstorm Beneath the Summit. By the time he created his second great tribute to Mount Fuji, three volumes comprising One Hundred Views of Mount Fuji, he was using the artist names Gakyo rojin ('Old Man Crazy to Paint'), and Manji ('Ten Thousand Things', or 'Everything'). Contrasting the mountain's steadfastness and solidity with the ravages of the surrounding elements, Hokusai depicts Fuji through different seasons, weather conditions and settings, and in so doing communicates an important message: while life changes, Fuji stands still.

Including all the illustrations from these two masterpieces, this book also features many of Hokusai’s earlier renditions of the mountain, as well as later paintings. In this way, through Mount Fuji, this volume traces a history of Hokusai’s oeuvre overall.

Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd
ISBN: 9780500026557
Number of pages: 416
Weight: 400 g
Dimensions: 210 x 148 mm

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“Brilliant art resource”

Really pretty, me and another colleague have been gushing over it! The introductory notes in each chapter give a short but comprehensive account of Hokusai's impact, and the rest of the book is a collection of... More

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“A Beautiful Hokusai Collection”

A beautiful collection of Hokusai's 'Views if Mount Fugi', bringing together each piece of work in such a marvellous way. I adored how the book lies flat due to the unique binding, allowing you to truly... More

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“incredible prints, lovely book”

If you do not know Hokusai's work already, then you must get to know it as it is truly wonderful. Whenever I dip into this book I am amazed afresh with the beauty of the prints and also the difference in... More

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